A couple of weeks ago, we strapped our son into his car seat and headed up…waaaaaay up…into the Adirondacks. As in…we almost hit Canada.
For the uninitiated, the Adirondacks are well more than the origin of the Adirondack chair. Here’s a bit more from the Visit Adirondacks website:
A six-million-acre civilized wilderness, dotted with quaint towns and charming lakeside villages, the Adirondack Region is open year-round for adventure.
Named for the mountains within the park, the Adirondacks are part of the Northern Deciduous Forest, the largest temperate forest in the world. Larger than Vermont or Massachusetts; larger even than Yellowstone, Glacier, Grand Canyon, Great Smokies and Yosemite national parks combined, the Adirondacks are a haven for outdoor recreation. Conveniently, this natural wonder is located within a day’s drive for 60 million people.
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about the Adirondacks to me is the very distinct mountain style that is prevalent here. The only thing I can compare it to is beach style, in both its purveyance and its ability translate well into other design if you use a light hand.
Well, while on our trip I was introduced to Dartbrook Rustic Goods in Keene, NY and it was certainly a treat.
From their website:
Dartbrook Rustic Goods is the third generation of an Adirondack furniture making business dating back to 1920. – - In our workshop we craft local timbers, antique barnwood, bark, tree roots, twigs and antlers into furniture that is not only beautiful but highly functional and extremely durable. Our furniture harkens back to the “Great Camp” style of the late 1800′s and embodies the soul of the Adirondack wilderness.
The store is jam packed with Adirondack awesomeness; I could hardly figure out which way to look. Just feast your eyes on the beautiful pieces in the following pictures (all sadly taken on my iPhone since I failed to bring a ‘real’ camera with me):
So…true story…in the car on the way to the store, I was discussing the design plan for my son’s big boy room with our friends and mentioned that I had an old globe and I was hoping to paint it with blackboard paint and then outline the continents in white. There were some skeptics in the car so I was tickled when low and behold, we no sooner walked in the store and I saw THIS!!
How fun is this super-cute doll house furniture??…
…that would go so well in this Log doll house!
Ok…so you get my point. But how can this translate if you are anywhere but in the Adirondacks. Well, the thing that I found so inspiring about this store was that if you wanted to, you could surely swath your home in Adirondack style. But if you lived elsewhere, and still wanted a PIECE of the Adirondacks, the store was so carefully curated that you could take ANY of their pieces and work them into a more traditional design.
And isn’t that the whole point of design – to fill a space with things you love in a way that makes you happy?
Have you been to the Adirondacks?